Category Archives: Lebanon

Lebanese Bushra El-Turk, Hind Hobeika And Bahia Shehab Among BBC’s Top 100 Women Of 2014

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Bushra Bushra el Turk: British-Lebanese composer for London Symphony Orchestra

Three Lebanese women made it to BBC’s 100 Women Of 2014 list. The list is aimed at highlighting inspiring figures from around the world and part of the BBC’s pledge to better represent women in its international coverage.

The three women are:
– Bushra el Turk, a British-Lebanese composer for London Symphony Orchestra. [Website]
– Bashia Shehab, a Lebanese-Egyptian artist, designer and art historian. [Bio] [Ted Talk]
– Hind Hobeika: The founder of Instbeat. [Link]

You can check out the full BBC list [Here].

Bashia Bahia Shehab: Artist, designer and art historian

Hind Hobeika Hind Hobeika: Founder of Instabeat

Giveaway: 10 Avant-Premiere Tickets To Watch INTERSTELLAR: The Movie Event Of The Year

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I am pretty sure a lot of movie fans are eagerly waiting to watch Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, so here’s your chance to win avant-premiere tickets and watch it before anyone else. This $165M movie, starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, is set to be a front runner in this year’s Oscar race and has been rated 9.5 on IMDb so far.

The Avant-Premiere is taking place on November 3 at VOX Cinemas BCC starting 7:30pm. In order to get in the competition, you have to answer the below:

1- For which recent movie did Matthew McConaughey earn the best Actor Oscar for?
2- Name two other movies directed by Christopher Nolan.

I will draw 5 names by Thursday night and announce the winners on Friday morning.

NB: You need to put your proper email in the email field while commenting since winner will be contacted by email. You can only comment once, anyone caught commenting more than once will get disqualified.

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Gandour’s New Logo

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Gandour is changing its old logo and switching to the new one above. The bell-boy was also present in the 1940s’ logo along with the flag but he is becoming the primary focus now.

I’ve never really paid that much attention to Gandour’s logos but I like the new one.

PS: The new logo was designed Mash Creative and SocioDesign.

The key objective was to create a new iconic brand marque for Gandour, capturing the essence of the company in a simple, yet modern way. The new brand marque needed to present Gandour as a contemporary company but without alienating existing customers and stake holders. Our focus was to ensure that the new logo referenced key symbology from previous iterations as a means of continuing tradition. We chose to highlight the bellboy and flag elements, thereby creating a marque that hinted to the past but also provided a platform for the company going forward. The new Gandour logo will be rolled out across their entire range throughout 2015.

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Lebanese Pot Farmers Vs. Da3esh

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Who would have thought? Da3esh is actually uniting Lebanese factions in certain areas. I’d love to see pot farmers smoking weed and fighting alongside the Lebanese Army against terrorist groups in the Bekaa.

Among Lebanese authorities, there’s some suspicion but also a tacit acceptance that, if worse comes to worst, the farmers may act. “I think they’re using Islamic State militants as an excuse to justify having weapons, but the real reason is to protect their hashish,” Col. Ghassan Shamseddine, head of Lebanon’s drug enforcement unit, told SBS News. “But, of course, if there’s any assault from outside of Lebanon into Lebanon, they may use their weapons to help the army.”

For the farmers, the concern may be understandable: The Bekaa Valley is not far from Syria, and the Lebanese military has clashed with Syrian militants in the border town of Arsal. Neither the Islamic State nor al-Qaeda proxy Jabhat al-Nusra have shown themselves to be sympathetic to marijuana cultivation: In August, Islamic State militants released a video that showed them burning marijuana fields in Syria. [WashingtonPost]

Lebanon Ranked Among The Worst Countries In Terms Of Gender Inequality

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The Annual Gender Gap Index is out and Lebanon has dropped from last year to the 135th spot (out of 142) and suffers from severe gender inequality. Moreover, Lebanon ranked really bad in terms of female political participation, given the low number of women holding public office. Lebanon is the second worst ranked country in the Arab world after Syria only in the 139th spot. Kuwait is the best ranked in 113th spot, followed by UAE (115), Bahrain (124), Egypt (129), Saudi Arabia (130) and Jordan (134).

The report is issued by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum. You can download it [Here].

Thanks Gianni!

Sukleen Worker Assaulted And Humiliated In Dekwaneh

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Assuming the story is true, Sukleen must investigate this incident and report it to the Lebanese Police in order to arrest whomever assaulted this poor old man. If anyone was there this morning and took pictures or a video of what happened, please call and share all the details you have with the Lebanese Police.

This morning while I was on my way to work, a man was hysterically yelling at a Sukleen worker on the side of the road in Dekwene (Slaf) demanding him to kneel. The Sukleen worker was around 20 years his senior. The man (animal) had his hand on the worker’s shoulder forcing him to the ground, shouting: ‘kneel, kneel’ and verbally insulting him in the worst ways. He grabbed a pocket knife and slit the old worker’s cheek. Someone had to do something other than spectate. When I got out of the car to try and stop this brutality, a woman watching from the balcony looked down at me and said: “leave him, these foreigners are all over our country, and they deserve it.” The swallowed tears in this old man’s eyes just stab right in the heart.
I am still sick to my stomach, disgusted by the injustice of it all, knowing that this incident will go no further than a Facebook post.

Lebanon, Colombia And India Have The Most Public Holidays In The World

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According to a survey of 64 major economies by human resources consulting firm Mercer LLC, Lebanon, Colombia And India have the most public holidays out of the countries studied, while Mexico has the least. I am pretty sure Lebanon should be on top of that list since we always get more days on certain holidays like Easter and Adha for example.

Check out the full infographic [here].